In every job, there is the tedious, busy work — and the big, fun work.
Moms change lives and change diapers.
Teachers mold leaders and grade papers.
CEOs run companies and run spreadsheets.
And so it goes.
Every big task comes with the small details — that, if done correctly, make us great.
My Dad reminded me of this in the first year of my first job — when, run down by all the “mundane” work I had to do that was “below me” — he quoted:
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” (Luke 16:10)
I have remembered this. And I know that even in the boring times, I have the opportunity to do something great.
My boss walked by my office the other day and asked me what I was doing.
“Oh, making copy editing changes,” I responded. “Is it weird that I sometimes enjoy making these little changes and making everything perfect?”
“No,” he replied. “Sometimes we need the busy work… sometimes we just need to knit.”
I thought about this “knitting” idea ever since he said it. It’s so true.
We complain about the little tasks that suck our time and bore our spirits — but in reality, it is in these chores, this knitting, that we show who we really are. That we build our character. That we establish our sense of self-confidence. That we weave the threads that make us who we are.
And so, I am off to knit. And maybe – just maybe – I’ll make something beautiful today.